University of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities For Nanosecond In Wake of Rape Scandal
UVA president Teresa Sullivan has suspended fraternities for a few days in the wake of a major sexual assault scandal. School will be out of session most of the suspension.
Rolling Stone (“UVA Suspends Fraternities Following Rolling Stone Campus Rape Investigation“):
Following Rolling Stone publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s harrowing report “A Rape on Campus,” which detailed a pattern of sexual assault among the fraternities at the University of Virginia, many women who attended UVA emailed Rolling Stone sharing their own similar stories. After “A Rape on Campus” went viral, the school itself acknowledged the Rolling Stone article by promising to make changes to their student sexual misconduct policy. Now, the University is taking even more stern action.
President Teresa A. Sullivan announced in a letter to students and alumni that the school’s fraternities have been suspended effective immediately. The suspension will last until January 9, 2015, which marks the beginning of the spring semester. In that time, “we will assemble groups of students, faculty, alumni, and other concerned parties to discuss our next steps in preventing sexual assault and sexual violence on Grounds,” Sullivan writes.
“The wrongs described in Rolling Stone are appalling and have caused all of us to reexamine our responsibility to this community. Rape is an abhorrent crime that has no place in the world, let alone on the campuses and grounds of our nation’s colleges and universities,” Sullivan continues.
“As you are aware, I have asked the Charlottesville Police Department to investigate the 2012 assault that is described in Rolling Stone. There are individuals in our community who know what happened that night, and I am calling on them to come forward to the police to report the facts. Only you can shed light on the truth, and it is your responsibility to do so.”
Note that Tuesday is the class day of classes before the Thanksgiving recess. Classes resume Monday, December 1, and end Friday, December 5, followed by a final examination period. So, essentially, this is a six-day suspension. Apparently, Sullivan consulted with Roger Goodell.